Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Last weekend Cub Scout Pack 220 held a "Back to the Pack" campout. The purpose of this campout is to get the new year started and to get the boys thinking about scouting after the long Christmas break.
This year we held the campout at Magnolia Park. A park/campground that is about 20 minutes away from where we hold our den meetings. It was nice and close to allow everyone to participate. It was a cool weekend, but we still had a good turnout. We had 25 campers the first night and 22 the second. We also had about 65 adults and children out for the day on Saturday to participate in all of the activities.
When I arrived at Magnolia Park on Friday afternoon I was greeted by two wild peacock's. It was really cool. They were very friendly and tame. They just milled around while we set up our campsite.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
For my part, I am working on a couple of crafts for the kids make while they are camping.
Since all Cub Scout packs are not-for-profit, and generally have a limited budget, most activities need to be done without spending too much money. Another consideration I had for this particular project is that the kids will need to make this outside. I didn't want to choose materials that could be damaged outside or that would 'leave a trace.' We are always reminding the boys to 'Leave No Trace,' leave the world the same or better than you found it.
So, the project that I came up with is an original mosaic picture made with simple, everyday objects.
My supplies for the project are; cardstock sheets in various colors - cut in half, wooden craft sticks, glue, and a variety of dry beans and different types of dry pasta.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The day started with an opening flag ceremony at 8:45 am. From there the group was divided into patrols. Each patrol had a schedule for the day to attend classes for 6 different activity badges. Pack 220 was part of the Cougar patrol. In the morning our boys worked on their Readyman, Athlete and Outdoorsman activity badges. In the afternoon we had classes for Engineer, Artist and Forester activity badges. It was a full day of activities. The volunteers who planned the day did a great job of making each activity badge class fun and informative.
Our first class after lunch was Engineer. The class was taught by a Disney Imagineer and an Architect. The boys all loved this class. They got to see a set of surveyor plans for Kali River Rapids and Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. They also got to see elevations and a floor plan for the guest room that is now located inside Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom. If that wasn't enough, they built catapults, a working electrical circuit, and a simple crane. All in one hour!
When the birthday celebration was over, I gave each boy a special patch that they get for attending the event. One of the boys from our den had gone home already so he is not in the picture. We had 5 out of 9 boys attend the camp out. Great participation! They had a really good day, got to know each other a little better, and learned a lot.
Next year we will make plans to spend the whole weekend at this event. It was a good time, well organized, and something that CJ is already looking forward to next year.